Wooden furniture adds a certain elegance to any home. Wood, however, needs some maintenance through time if you want to retain the original sheen, color, and gloss of the wood surface. One of the best ways for you to do this is to apply wood polish and wood wax to your wooden furniture. Here’s how you can make your own.
- Making wood polish. Wood polish can be made using beeswax. Beeswax is available in specialty shops and from local farmers and agricultural dealers. The beeswax is made from the wax that bees secrete while producing their bee hives. Take the beeswax and place it in a pan on a stove lit to moderate heat. Make sure that you do not use too much heat, since this can scorch and burn the beeswax and make it black and unusable. Next, add half a pint of regular beer and then mix a spoonful of caster sugar. Combine these using a spoon or a ladle, and then remove from the heat. As the mixture cools down, the beeswax should solidify again, and the result is wood polish.
- Making wood wax. Wood wax is will not add much color to your wood furniture, but is useful in ensuring a strong surface on the wood. This can easily be done by combining vinegar and paraffin wax in a small saucepan. Use a spoon to combine these thoroughly. You will need at least half a cup of each ingredient. The product will then be ready for use. If you will not use the product immediately, be sure that you have an airtight jar or container that you can use to hold the product for storage. As much as possible, however, make the wood wax only when you will use it.
- Other wood wax recipes. Apart from paraffin wax and vinegar, you can also create wood wax from beeswax. This can be done by taking the beeswax and then grating it in a cheeseparer. Once finely grated, place the shavings on a glass jar that is large enough to hold all of the shavings. Add five ounces of turpentine for every two ounce of beeswax, and then add some hot water onto the jar, so that the paraffin will melt. Shake well, and then allow to cool down. Once cool, the wax can be used on the floor.
When using these home made wood maintenance products, be sure to apply the stain first using a soft rag. Allow the stain to seep in, and repeat if you want to deepen the color. Allow the wood to rest for a few hours or overnight. After the resting period, you can apply the wood wax using a soft piece of cloth. Be sure to use another clean piece of rag to buff the wood surface to a gloss. Keep in mind, however, that you will need to stain and wax the furniture only every few months. Too much waxing will make the surface of the wood sticky and will allow dust to adhere to the wax easily.